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and during the deadly attack in benghazi. >> heather: peter doocy in washington, thanks. >> gregg: last of the newtown school shooting victims has been laid to rest. hour earns attended services for three children. eight days after the gunman killed 26 women and children. since then, more than $2.6 million worth of condolences have poured into the official memorial fund. >> heather: gun control debate heating up in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, national rifle association bribing go silence yesterday. critics slamming for suggesting them that armed police officers should be placed in every school in america. rick levanthol has a fair and balanced look at the argument. >> a number of viewers bill clinton made a similar proposal back in april of 2000 one year after the columbine shootings. pop warner football pledged $60 million in a fifth refund of founding for the is cops and schools in program placing hundreds of police officers in hundreds of public school when the assault weapon ban was in place 12 years ago. it hasn't stopped critics slamming the nra calling the group'
.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning signs that there was an imminent attack coming. there wasn't a specific threat, but a lot of attacks on ot
? there is word those four officials who resign following the attack on the consulate in benghazi already have their jobs back. on "the five." eric has the details next. just no fun to drive. now, here's one that will make you feel alive. meet the five-passenger ford c-max hybrid. c-max says ha. c-max says wheeee. which is what you get, don't you see? cause c-max has lots more horsepower than prius v, a hybrid that c-max also bests in mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. >> eric: welcome back. today marks 107 days since the terrorist attack on consulate that killed chris, sean, glen, tyrone. so i ask where the czech hill? keep it in mind. yesterday, we learned crazy breaking news t
the information on the benghazi embassy were released. we blew it. at least washington d. >> brian: state department i guess. think it is it acward when mom tried to find you on facebook. being poked by the ayatollah of iran. fox and friends starts right now. ♪ fox and friends. >> steve: the poking on facebook is a weird thing. you - on poke >> gretchen: poking? >> steve: you know what all of the people in the world are doing. >> gretchen: i can poke in different ways. i guess i will figure it out in facebook, too. 92 pokemon. in serious news, a report released on the benghazi terror attack. independent report left four americans including our embassy dead happened after systemic failures produced subparsecurity in our consul late, steves had more from washington. >> good morning, steve and everyone. that cathing report blames state department for a lack of proper security for the deaths of four people in benghazi. the ambassador to libya was among those killed. a special panel was convened to find out what went wrong and presented to select members of congress behind closed doors. the
in benghazi already acting on them we have to do better. >> shepard: now, officials admit they made mistakes but the senator who could eventu department says lawmakers need to share the blame. plus an enormous snow storm system dumping tons of snow and stranding holiday travelers. >> i want to get home. >> we found a rental car and decided we are going to try to make the drive through. >> shepard: the roads aren't much better. >> >> snow covered, wet, slippery, a little slushy. >> shepard: tonight, a look at just how bad this storm could get. but we begin tonight with a fox urgent. the house of representatives is voting tonight on what republicans call plan b in the standoff over the fiscal cliff. the white house insists it's a waist of time with just 12 days to go until we take the plunge. that would mean automatic spending cuts, expiring tax cuts and possibly another recession. a live look at the house floor now. the republican leaders say their plan will extend tax cuts for more than 99 persian of taxpayers. it let's those cuts expire on incomes of more than a million dollars. president o
.s. outpost in benghazi before that attack that killed four americans. a blistering report from an independent investigation is now out today there is word three top officials may pay the price for it and some lawmakers are now demanding answers from our now ailing secretary of state. plus the feds say they are making changes to keep companies from illegally collecting information about children online. we'll tell you what that means for you kids and you parents from the journalists of fox news on this wednesday fox report. nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. meet the 5-passenger caford c-max hybrid.ll day. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with bette
benghazi. does this end the debate over that. >> republicans frankly say. no they still have questions about what senator clinton and the president knew about security at the consulate and about the attack and when did they know it. but they made clear in a news conference today that a a susan rice confirmation hearing would have been bitter because of her insistence a week after the attack that it grew out of the protest of anti-islam movie. >> i just did not believe that our country is going to be well-served by people who i, quite frankly, didn't trust. and susan rice, let's just get to the heart of the matter, i don't question her character or prism. i just thought that he was very eager to tell a story that did not make a lot of sense. >> lawmakers say they still want to hear from secretary of state clinton before voting on the kerry confirmation but it's democrats on the committee who will schedule the confirmation date. harris? >> harris: wendell goler outside the white house tonight. thank you very much. we are getting new information tonight about a possible motive for the att
this? you have the fiscal cliff, you have the new cabinet, the benghazi report, immigration. and then you what do you think the likelihood is because i can tell you having sat in newtown for five days, there was this immediate sense from virtually everyone i spoke with that something could finally happen this time, but can it? >> well, chris, i saw all your reports from friday on. and the pain that the people were feeling. but i can't be as optimistic as i would like to be right now because i've been through this too many times starting with covering the outrage after columbine where people talked about curbing some gun -- putting some gun restrictions, there is also talk about hollywood and values, back in '99, the video games were quite the issue it was. there are all kinds of talk and we never had anything. this time, well, maybe things are a little different if for no other reason than the power of social media, letting people organize better on this issue, can cross the aisle on it. and i think for a lot of people, this may be an issue we're compromising on. what the wh
with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi and the state department, greet the families and the bodies, and she declined to do it. it wasn't what i had planned for that weekend originally, but i don't regret doing that, brian. i think when you're a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens and it is related to the work that you do, it's our obligation to try to explain it as best we can to the american people, and that's what i did. >> did you want the job? >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure. how can you not want to -- in my field -- serve at the highest possible level? >> i tell you what, hillary clinton, i'm sure she was tired. we all get tired. she works around the clock. but you know what she was doing. >> yeah. >> hillary, that's the political experience. you see it in the corporate world, the political world, the pros that have been around the block a few times. >> decline. >> they know when to step aside. and this is -- i've seen this happen in washington time and time again. i saw it on th
't say if the officials blamed for the benghazi attack are back at work. which is it? thentis the season of giving. which celeb tops the list when it comes to the giving part as opposed to receiving. in 1932 radio city music hall opened. ♪ give a little bit give a little bit of your time to me ♪ mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. he started to a few low energy days and things snowballed from there. probably exactly the wrong time because of his weakened condition and fight of bronchitis 88 years old adds up to a tough situation right now. >> george w. bush has visited his father twice in the hospital so has former governor jeb bush. bush sr. sent christmas with his wife barbara son kneel, neil's wife and a grandson. bush's da
'll be talking about the benghazi report and about that jailed marine. former marine who is down in mexico. should the president get involved to bring him home? >> brian: i think i know what he'll say. we're going to toss to steve now. >> steve: thank you very much. and talk about man's best friend, he saved a puppy from afghanistan and now the dog is returning the favor. oh, man. look at that, put her there. >> brian: "fox & friends" starts now. >> steve: you feel better? >> brian: much better. >> steve: welcome aboard. today is the 20th day of december. it's 12-20. tomorrow is 12-21-12, which as you know, the mayans predicted the world would end. >> gretchen: are we talking about that again? >> steve: it's in the headlines. >> gretchen: i want to be optimistic, okay? >> steve: according to harris polling, 20% of americans believe that it's true. 20% of americans believe that tomorrow is -- >> gretchen: what's going to happen? >> steve: 20% of americans. >> gretchen: i believe in giving away money, but what's going to happen to us tomorrow? >> mayans say it's the end of time. what's inter
gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in
, systematic failures of protecting u.s. diplomats in benghazi. >>> plus, nasty weather bearing down as millions of travelers prepare to hit the road for the holidays. we'll have the latest forecast there. >>> first, let's get to the news here in new york city. five days out from christmas, 12 days away from the fiscal cliff deadline that could potentially cripple the economy. house republicans are expected to vote on plan "b." that's speaker john boehner's safety net proposal that would maintain bush era tax rates for everyone making a million dollars or less. >> about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the president will have a decision to make. he can call on senate democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. >> well, president obama has threatened to veto boehner's measure and he said republicans need to drop any personal grudges they might have to do what's best for the c
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that we haven't seen or heard from her in two weeks. is this because of her upcoming benghazi testimony? not yet scheduled or is it something else? what's the story here? is she really sick or about avoiding ben gaz write? >> i'm not going to question her health. she has been sick for two weeks. missed the hearing on benghazi. view lot of republicans at capitol hill pressuring her. once she is well to come and testify about what happened in libya. >> is she one to back down from a situation like that? i don't think so. >> i doubt it. she sunday so much pressure that republicans now are even talking about postponing john kerry's nomination process for secretary of state until clinton testifies. this is going to be a real issue next month when congress is back. >> you could understand why she would be hesitant considering what happened with the previous person who was trying to be secretary of state. right? i mean, this is -- this is a minefield she walking into. >> what makes had situation so much -- there's been an independent report about what happened in benghazi. according to the rep
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> an independent panel slams the state department. >> an independent review board says security was grossly inadequate and that leadership failures at the state department are to blame. >> secretary of state hillary clinton sent a letter to lawmakers saying she accepts all of the recommendations. >> today funerals will be held for four more victims of the tragedy in newtown including teacher victoria soto who tried to protect her children from adam lanza's wrath. >> is this tragedy a tipping point on the issue of gun control? >> i honestly don't understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. it's incomprehensible. >> you're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you? >> our plan "b" would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less. >> 13 days from the fiscal cliff. democrats saying plan "b" is doa. >> boehner's proposal will not pass the senate. >> huge winter storm stretching from colorado to the upper great lakes expected to cause blizzardlike conditions today. >> if this turns out to be real, a
tonight. thank you so. >> thank you. >> tough question on the benghazi terror attack. did the department's failure to lead to the murder of four americans? an arlg criticizing senator demint's replacement. why? because he's black. a judge has agreed to review the case of civil rights violations after four months of captivity. will jon hammar get to come home? we will have a live report from mexico city, straight ahead. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. [ male announcer ] with free package pickup from the u.s. postal service the holidays are easy. visit pay, print, and have it picked up for free before december 20h for delivery in time for the holidays. you can even give us special instructions on where to find it. free package pickup. from the u.s. postal service. because it's nice to have an extra pair of hands around for the holidays. >> an op-ed in the new york times, claims nikki haley picked the state's
the september 11th attack on the american consulate in benghazi. four americans were killed that night including ambassador chris stevens. speaking to the senate foreign relations commit year, deputy secretary of state william burns vowed to do more to ensure safety. >> we learned some very hard and painful lessons in benghazi. we are already acting on them. we have to do better. we owe it to our colleagues who lost their lives in benghazi. we owe it to the professional who's acted with such heroism that night to try to protect them and we owe it to thousands of our colleagues serving america every day in diplomatic posts around the world. >> why did you see nicholas burns there? that's because hillary clinton was not there. she was notably absent. she was supposed to be the one testifying. she was not there because she's the resolution authorizes the military force to use all necessary measures to help the government retake the north. meanwhile tonight, we are learning president obama is stripping mali of certain trade privileges. a very tough time to do it but he's doing it because there has b
in benghazi. an independent review releases a report on just what happened that night in libya and how it could have been prevented. >>> blizzard warning from denver to detroit a week before christmas. the storms bringing an unwelcome present to americans traveling home for the holidays. 50 mile per hour winds, a foot of snow. we're tracking the latest forecast. >>> plus this. >> with all this -- all the new, you know, talk of new legislation going on to assault rifles, i really -- you know, i definitely want to get a few more before, you know, something may happen. >> gun sales spike as gun control simmers. talk of new policy sends many americans on a shopping spree. ♪ where are those good old fashioned values, on which we used to rely ♪ >> "family guy" is back and we'll show you part of the episode that was canceled out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gu
to testify in an open hearing about what she knew about the benghazi terror attack. some senators refusing to consider john kerry as her successor until she testifies. a massive form killed at least 16 people so far continues moving across the northeast is expect to do head into canada today. many travelers are trying to get home after the holidays. the storm canceled at least a,000 flights yesterday delayed over 8,000. they saw over a foot of snow. in vermont 21 inches. in arkansas 200,000 homes and businesses lost power. that is your 5@5:00. >>> for the latest on the extreme weather we turn to maria molina. she is tracking another storm this morning. >> another storm system impacting portions of the northeast with more snow as we head into the weekend. thankfully the storm system is not dumping more than 20 dmcinc of snow. current temperatures across the midwest an the plains. it is very cold this morning in places like rapid city. 7 degrees below zero. 19 over minneapolis and 30 degrees in chicago. not too bad in chicago. but as far as high temperatures it is over the northern plains. l
statements after the attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi in libya when she said the violence started over anger about an anti-muslim film. the attack now known to be terror, killed u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens and three other americans. in five minutes we're going to talk about now who is in the running to be the next secretary of state. i think the short list is down to essentially one. >> there will be a funeral service in st. louis today for dallas cowboys football player jerry brown. he died in a suspected drunk driving accident on saturday. his teammate and friend josh brent was behind the wheel. police releasing this new video of the wreck as well as 911 calls they received in the moments after it happened. >> i don't know. i just drove past it. it's like it just happened. the car was up side down and there was smoke everywhere. >> josh brent is free on $500,000 bail. he's facing intoxication manslaughter charges. >> philadelphia police are searching for two young men involved in a shooting aboard an elevated train. this incident caught on tape. video captured a confrontat
. >>> and breaking news on the investigation into the 9/11 terror attack that killed four americans in benghazi. word just in that three, three staffers at the state department have just quit and one, viewers of this program, likely know very well. >>> an amazing follow-up to the story of a man who helped some of the youngest survivors of the newtown shooting. you don't want to miss the moment right after our interview when he got his wish, coming face-to-face with the grandparent of one of the children he helped. we have now been given permission to show you what happened. and we will. >> my desire is to have the parents call me and to reunite with these children and to read to them and to be with them and to love them and to let them know that i'll help them find the light because they were in the darkness. that's what my hope is. yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. >> you made the political calculation in 2008 in your f
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, has issued a scathing report, finding what it calls schematic failures at the state department leading up to the tack, which took the lives of chris stevens and three other americans. abc's martha raddatz, who has read the report this morning, has the details. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the report calls the security in benghazi grossly inadequate, despite repeated requests for increased staffing. the report also cites poor leadership win the diplomatic department. saying certain senior state department officials demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their response to the security concerns in benghazi. hillary clinton has already responded to the independent review, saying she will adopt all 29 recommendations, including additional marine corps security guards. but there's one conclusion that also stands out. the board determined that those u.s. personnel on the ground in benghazi performed with courage and willingness to risk their own lives to protect their colleagues in an impossible situation. josh? >> ce
on the failures leading up to the attack on benghazi. just a few hours before the hearing starts on the hill. >>> president obama and speaker boehner digging in their heels with a dozen days to go before we go over the fiscal cliff. >>> another day of painful goodbyes in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth straight day funerals of children gone far too soon. >>> among our guests this morning, we'll be talking to senator richard blumenthal, senator johnny isaacson, congressman peter king. it's thursday, december 20th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. the first significant winter storm of the season is our starting point this morning. it threatens to derail some holiday travel plans for maybe millions of americans along with the snow. there's also a threat of tornados in the south. the governor of wisconsin has declared a state of emergency even before the storm hits. six states across the midwest are under blizzard warnings. the system stretches all the way from the great lakes to colorado. the rocky mountain state already taking a big beating. 156
inouye tomorrow. that's going to take up a lot. there's the viewing today. you've got the benghazi hearings. time is running out on the calendar. so what i'm hearing is, go home for christmas and come back the day after, come back on the 26th. >> the plan b would, as a diversion, make sense if they were still talking. but they're not talking. and according to senior white house officials, they haven't talked since monday. now, in normal circumstances, maybe that works, but we actually are getting to the point where they need to strike a deal. >> especially conversation one on one. >> if they don't strike a deal in the next day or so, you can't write something this big by the end of the year. >> correct. andrea's right. >> they're going to have to start piecing this together. >> they'll go home for christmas, get an earful from people, and then come back and pass it quickly. >> and they do have stuff written. they've got pieces according to conrad and the other budget leaders in both houses, they've got -- >> conrad, speaking of conrad, he was sure they were going to have a deal. >>
.s. mission in benghazi, libya. >>> kate made her first appearance since being hospitalized for pregnancy sickness. >>> wall streets begin the final full week of trading with the tragedy in mind. along with a renewed push for tighter gun control legislation. >>> several police departments are across the country like this one in maryland held gun buybacks over the weekend. trading firearms and ammunition for cash. >>> elsewhere the u.s. postal service said today will be the busiest day of the year for mailing christmas cards. >>> meanwhile fed ex is expected to report a slip in profits. >>> also ahead this week, earnings from walgreens and nike. a record at the weekend box office. the hobbit an unexpected journey earned nearly $85 million nationwide. the biggest december opening of all-time. >>> now, for another look at the weather here's nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer. i can't remember the last time i have seen a movie. >> i have seen skyfall, the last movie that i have been to, it's hard to find time to get back to the movies. hard to believe that we're in december and not really seeing
is the the greatest coverup in american history. will we get more answers from benghazi. >> clayton: twinky fans can breathe a sigh of release, and hostess will have them on the shelves with a new owner. "fox & friends" hour one begins right now. ♪ >> good sunday morning, everyone, welcome into "fox & friends," thanks for waking up early with us this morning, kelly wright in this morning for dave briggs. nice to see you, we decorated beautifully for you. >> it's the not just for christmas, it's for you. and we have good news to report and good to start the show with that, john hammar the retired marine was released after four months in a notorious mexican prison and they decide today drive, makes sense, bark to his home state of florida, than fly, which would have been shorter, they want today give him time to kind of decompress and readjust, actually to life outside of prison. >> clayton: nothing will do that better than a 22 hour car ride to decompress with your dad. >> and he's also sick, too, and driving. might have been better than flying. >> it sound like, send me back to prison or-- >> jus
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and senate committees after that blistering report on exactly what went wrong in benghazi, the committee headed by thomas pickering and admiral mike mullen. admiral mullen had this to say. >> while we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities, we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. >> a total of four senior state department officials have either resigned or placed on administrative leave in the wake of this report but what about secretary of state hillary clinton. she's in charge and she initially took the fall. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department. 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by
the republican firestorm on the attack in benghazi, susan rice has taken herself out of the running, won't try to succeed secretary of state hillary clinton for that role. president obama talked about ambassador rice's decision last night. >> i hadn't made a decision about who would be my next secretary of state. no doubt, susan is qualified. other people are qualified as well. her interest is in serving me, but more importantly, in serving the country. could not be prouder of her. she is one of the top members of my national security team. >> she'll meet with the president today, our foreign affairs reporter, elise labott in washington, d.c. break this down what's happening behind the scenes. she said in her resignation note that she's decided to do this for the good of the american people, so there is not this contentious, partisan debate. what's really happening here? >> well, i've talked to some of our aides. she was ready for a fight. she doesn't give up on a fight. tweeted this morning with an op-ed in "the washington post," but over the last couple of days and weeks, her aides and she s
that led to the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. an independent review board determining that security at the physician facility grossly inadequate that leaders in washington ignored repeated requests to add personnel there and after the tragedy that claimed four american lives, there was a lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership at the senior levels in libya, and in washington, d.c. our foreign affairs reporter elise lab bot live in washington this morning. what happens next after this report? >> well, soledad, the panel made about 29 recommendations for the state department to get working on. let me go over a few of them quickly. first of them is to strengthen security personnel for the high-threat post. one problem, the consulate relied on temporary, inexperienced staff and local militias not up to the task. they called for tighter securities at facilities and upgrades. a review of fire safety procedures. smoke inhalation killed ambassador stevens and sean smith. and in-depth checks of the threat environment. a big criticism, the state departme
in benghazi. catherine herridge is life in washington with the latest. >> reporter: al-qaeda has strengthened their bases in libya and the in the broader region of north africa to the extent that the administration is investigating whether it has the authority to target the drone strategy in the tribal areas of pakistan as well as yemen. after the terrorist attack in benghazi on the consulate, analysts say al-qaeda has sought to capitalize to use its so-called victory to raise money and also recruit. there is evidence that the growth of the al-qaeda affiliate in libya is part of a broader campaign by senior leadership in pakistan to establish a global presence through its affiliates and that the decision to send al-qaeda operatives to libya was made and executed as long ago as 2011. now analysts describe an emerging arc of instability. earlier the week the head of defense operations in africa summed up al-qaeda's reach. >> whether it's adjusting al-shabaab and al-qaeda affiliate in east africa, principal my somalia, a growing extremist network in libya across the region into northern mali and
relations committee today about the attack on the u.s. con sue late in benghazi. there were painful lessons learned in benghazi and we have to do better. the state department is promising to improve security at diplomatic posts around the world. >>> bernie madoff's brother peter has been sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in helping cover up his brother's ponzi scheme. before sentencing, he said he's deeply ashamed by his conduct and accepts full responsibility for his actions. check out these pictures from a volcano in ecuador, hundreds of people have reportedly been forced to evacuate from their homes in the town of runsen. the volcano has been active for more than a decade and has recent recently been seen eruptions. >>> how something as simple as baking pies is bringing comfort to newtown, connecticut. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and
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fainting due to dehydration. clinton had been scheduled to testify about benghazi this week, but deputies will testify in her place. enter john bolten, former u.n. ambassador under george w. bush. he's not convinced of clinton's illness. >> you know, every foreign service officer in every foreign ministry in the world knows the phrase i'm about to use. when you don't want to go to a meeting or a conference or an event, you have a diplomatic illness. and this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band. >> victoria nuland responded saying bolton doesn't know what he's talking about. in bolton's case that's all a reasonable, safe assumption. >>> up next, is the horror of newtown marking the beginning of the end of the nra's dominance over the issue of gun control in this country? you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. ♪ [ male announcer ] with free package pickup from the u.s. postal service the holidays are easy. visit pay, print, and have it picked up for free before december 20h for delivery in time for the holidays. you can even give us special instructions on wher
rice wasn't on tv shortly after the benghazi attack, and not just declared u about emphatically declared that it was a result of spontaneous demonstration. i think all america as they saw her say that, couldn't believe it. people don't bring povertyars to demonstrations. >> steve: absolutely. you would think that traditionally, that would be enough to disqualify her u about the white house seems indents on pushing her and now say republicans who criticize her are doing it because she's black and a woman. >> we haven't had a white male secretary of state in 15 years. not since the incompetent mr. christopher was secretary of state. that is part of a larger landscape that i'm worried about because since 2009, we thought we had gone beyond race. but if you look at comments people are making offhandedly, everybody from samuel l. jackson to the reverend joseph lowery said white people belong in hell and just lately jamie fox joked about shooting white people, morgan freeman, it's almost as if there has been an outpouring of racial separatism and hostility. it's not a good climate. >>
about the tragedy in benghazi, libya. >>> now an update on that prison break. two convicted robbers scaling 17 stories with a rope made out of bed sheets. then impossibly hailing a cab to freedom. tonight, a new twist. abc's john schriffen has our story. >> reporter: he pulled off a daring escape from prison, but now joseph "jose" banks is busted. appearing in court this afternoon, after nearly three days on the run. the fbi arresting him late last night in chicago. >> yeah, it's kind of scary. but i thought that they'd, like, go far away. >> reporter: we now know both accomplished bank robbers, joseph banks seen here on surveillance video, broke out of their high-rise federal penitentiary in chicago, using sheets and towels tied in the form of a rope, even stuffing clothes in their beds in the shape of bodies. they were last seen in prison at 10:00 p.m. during a head count. overnight, authorities believe they broke the window of their cell, it's still a mystery how they shimmied out of a hole only inches wide and scaled down the side of the building 17 stories. banks is now back be
in their country. it comes after the death of ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. here's abc's muhammad lila tonight. >> reporter: it's a country racked with lawlessness and now a potential new threat. the associated press first reported this video which claims to be from al qaeda's yemen branch announcing a new bounty. three kilograms of gold. roughly $160,000 for the head of the american ambassador in yemen and $23,000 for any american soldier. abc hasn't verified the authenticity of the video. it was posted online separately, claiming to be part of a longer video, one that we have authenticated. if true, the threat comes at a critical time, just four months after al qaeda-linked militants stormed the embassy compound in libya, killing ambassador chris stevens and three other american personnel. after the attacks, security levels were raised at many american embassies around the world. >> i think the security detail to the ambassador himself is not going to do anything particularly differently. because they had to know that the ambassador was already a person who had to be protected very,
of the department's top four security officials. the benghazi report noted that chronic budget pressure kept managers from spending money on needed security. in response, secretary clinton is asking congress for $1.4 iollion above the initial budget request for next year. senator john kerry chaired the hearing. >> congress also bears some responsibility here. congress has the power of the purse. we use it for any number of things, but it's our responsibility. >> reporter: kerry is the front- runner to replace clinton as secretary of state when she steps down next month. republican senator bob corker emphasized for him, it's not just a money issue. >> i'm just saying that the culture within the state department to me is one that needs to be transformed. this committee can help. elybe the next secretary of state can help. tht the fact is, there's a lot of work that needs to be done there. >> reporter: lawmakers confirm on whoecretary clinton who is at omme recovering from a concussion will testify herself in january. they also learned that the f.b.i. investigation into which terrorists carried
director james clapper upon will testify behind closed doors about the attack on benghazi that left four americans dead. it was initially referred to al-qaida. revised talking points were used by susan rice who blamed the video. >> she lived 116 years and 100 days. besse cooper passed away and died peacefully in monroe, georgia. cooper was born in 1896 in tennessee and moved to georgia in world war i to be a teacher. what was the secret to her long life. she minded her own business and avoided junk food. >> brian: was not upset we had the twinkie problem. >> steve: not a problem for her. yesterday we heard from the president of the united states . he sat down with bloomburg. >> brian: not michael. >> steve: the tv company and said you know, i saw that plan, that letter that boehner sent me and not going to do it even though it is the first time the republicans went on record saying they are willing to raise revenues. the president said they have to raise the rates. he looked less like monte hall and more like monte burns. itch >> gretchen: he will not hold more meetings or face to face u
leaders. >> the susan rice/benghazi witch-hunt, what is your reaction to that? >> keep in mind john kerry is barack obama's first choice. susan rice wasn't a choice. she got tied up into the politics of again gazi. but this is who the president like, believes in. kerry gave bohm that great nominating speech slot in 2004. but kerry has been able to be bipartisan in the true sense. he has been able to cut deals and work with senators -- senator mikulski is a friend of his from alaska. this is going to be one of the best appointments, selections that the president could have made. and most people on capitol hill feel the same. >> quickly, will he go through confirmation easily? >> he will go through. i think vicki kennedy will come in and be the senator for that trim period. it's 145 to 160 days until governor duval patrick is going to set that up. i think is probably going to run for senate. >> great to havious you've with us, professor. thank you so much. >>> coming up, the owner of some big-name chain restaurants sees profits plunge. after they attempt to skirt obama care. stay tuned. tha
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> accused new york subway pusher, davis, is expected back in court today. he told "the new york post" he was high on pot and heard voices before allegely pushing 58-year-old on to the tracks. naeem davis is charged with second degree murder. >>> he also wants to lose the gps device and be allowed to travel outside seminole county, florida. he's expected to argue eight motions in all. >>> bob costas is not backing down from his controversial on-air comments about gun control. he admits his remarks may have been imperfect in the aftermath of a murder/suicide involving kansas city chiefs player jevon belcher. >> if this has sparked a conversation and in some small way influenced people's behavior, so much the better. front page of the paper and not the sports section, front page of the weekend edition of the "usa today" is about guns in the national football league. there is a gun culture in the national football league. >> according to a report on nbc's football night in america show, seven nfl players have turned in their guns to team securit
. she doesn't even -- she managed to dodge the whole situation on benghazi pretty well for herself. you know, the tougher questions are being faced by her old foe, the president right now, who's in this incredibly difficult position. and losing stwo nominees is not a small thing. it does impact the rest of the budget debate, too. >> and what newt gingrich is also saying is that she would be very difficult to beat. that's what you hear around washington is that republicans who used to love the idea of having hillary clinton out there as the latest pinata, they're very worried that that's going to mean three democratic wins in a row. richard's point about how she's -- how the record that she has as secretary of state, they backed off her. secretary clinton's people point out that her polls are as high as they've ever been, despite this publicity. there's been no decline in her standing. so republicans who are salivating at the idea of having her for fund-raising and having her because she's great copy, but they also realize that ee electree electric torally, she's a huge threat. >> mike a
. there's no question that benghazi continues to be litigated. even on the democratic side, there is some division on this. i've talked to democratic senators who have questioned whether she has the standing, the stature, to be secretary of state. so obviously there's some division about how people view susan rice. but here's the bottom line. she's very close to the president of the united states. she is a key voice in his national security team. that's what could ultimately win the day. john kerry has been campaigning hard for it. he's done everything this administration has asked in their first term. overseas, been quite engaged as chairman of the foreign relations committee. so he's certainly a very strong candidate. but at this point, even people close to the president suggest there's just a bit of a question mark about how much of a fight he wants and how much it will come down to getting somebody he believes in and he's close to into that job. >> congressman cleaver, your thoughts on susan rice as a potential nominee. >> well, i think susan rice is imminently qualified and capable o
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